Wednesday, November 6, 2013


Our sweet friends, Mr. and Mrs. Scales celebrated  fifty years of marriage this past Saturday. We received a call from a mutual friend earlier in the week warning it was to be a surprise. Their daughter from the East coast was making the arrangements.  Our friend was to invite local close friends. Several of us confessed we were so anxious not to spill the beans we dared not converse during the entire week.

Their children and other family traveled 24 hours round trip over the weekend to surprise them. After the excitement of family arriving and only two hours sleep, the celebrants were in no frame of mind to celebrate!

Finally after much effort they arrived at the restaurant overlooking the beautiful Balboa Lake.  The shock to find friends lying in wait with shouts of surprise was the best!
Earlier photo of sweet friends Mary and Shelvie

We were scrunched in the very back as not to tip them off as they entered.  Since the reluctant couple was late, we had some time to visit.  The first group to arrive just happened to be Caucasian and naturally sat down at the same table. Willa our feisty friend quipped, "Now we don't make white folks sit in the back of the bus! I guess I am going to have to be the one to integrate the table."   No doubt you can tell why we love these folks. Funny, loving and smart is the whole bunch!

Some of us commented on how youthful and flawless their skin was.  Again Willa spoke up, "I keep telling you all that black don't crack!"  We white cracked gals readily admitted we would love to have that recessive gene surface on our faces!

Fifty is called the Golden Anniversary.  Most of these friends had been close friends for fifty plus years.  A happy marriage, good friends, loving family, it's all golden!

Happy 50th Shelvie and Mary!

A word spoken at the right time is like golden apples on a silver tray.  Proverbs 25:11

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